The task of going from dark to pastel colors is one that is shadowed in mystery and hidden agenda. We have tried to make things straight forward for you so taking the decision more informed.
Firstly it’s not a “quick” process nor is it cheap but we will tell you it can be stunning if done right! Going platinum is not a quick task and can take Months
Our co founder Merrylin wanted a pink egirl fade so we took the challenge. Her hair hadn’t been coloured for years so it was completely natural.
We only did two sections from the top of the ear to the corner of her bangs. It was lightened from roots to ends for approx 35 min, rinsed and dried then re applied leaving our roots for another 30 minutes. We then wanted to let the hair rest for a few days and the swelling on the cuticle layer to subside.
The condition was great so we toned it lightly adding a soft ash gold to take the raw look off it. The few days rest would ensure the hair is not going to be damaged.
But we want to have a pastel color so we need to remove all the warmth out of the hair, putting the pink over it begore the toner above would not have given us a clean color. Fading the pink to white would have been a fairy tale. So away we went after 3 days and re lightened it leaving out the roots for another 30 minutes.We rinsed blast dried it and applied the pink fade and here is the result.
The pink is intense and the roots and fades towards the ends and we think it looks hot! Maintenance is simply refreshing the pink every 10-12 washes and the blonde will grow out which will add to the effect and most likely we won’t do. Let’s see!
It’s 2020 and to be honest to put life into perspective it’s crazy that anyone would be stressed about how structured the curl is sitting when they don’t get a blowout. It is what it is and it’s ok if that’s on your priority lift because it’s what we do, so chill.
A blowout is not going to destroy your hair if don’t correctly and there are no other factors ( excessive color, lack of regular trims etc ) but wouldn’t it be nice to be able to just wash and go?
Imagine all the free time you had? Imagine the extra money in your hand if you didn’t rush to the hair salon every few days because you have two left hands. Well honestly it’s not that much of a stretch, natural movement and curly hair has not had a better rap than it does now, it’s fresh hot and if managed well can be super sexy.
Controlling the hair is the challenge but what we find is that a lot of the time, you have the right products & tools but you simply are using them wrong. You end up with frizzy hair that looks more like you just woke up than someone who did your hair.
First thing you need to do is get it cut correctly, now there is no amount of words or explanation that can explain this enough but if you have split ends or fractured cuticles your hair will end up frizzy! Regular trims to remove these is what you need, every 6-8 weeks!
Second is how you treat it, if you have a friend or love one that simply takes takes takes, it’s not long before you switch off and end up pushing them away. Your hair needs to be treated gently, the more you touch it or flip it around it WILL go frizzy no matter what! It may look cute to flip hair from side to side in your head, in reality you just look crazy!
Product and application. It’s amount placement and how it gets there, do not overload, do not play with it and always always add moisture.
Want hands on help, call or drop in and see us, we don’t want to see you for a blowout every few days we want you to be able to manage it yourself!
You want a change but can’t decide, what do you do?
Few days back we had a very interesting conversation with someone who wanted a change, she was simply bored with her hair but didn’t want a cut as she likes it long.
She has dark brown hair, let’s call her Sally.
Sally wanted a dramatic change, but didn’t want anything Gold, yellow or red, she likes platinum blonde but doesn’t want to go blonde. The conversation went around in circles for what felt like watching a slow train wreck or one of those home videos of a kid falling over in slomo.
Instead of a color chart and just doing anything, we talked and talked. Turns out she is just bored with a lot more than her hair and rather than doing something for the sake of it we decided for her to go away think and come back. Now for a lot of people that seems annoying, but long term she will be a friend for life because it’s not doing what you say that counts, it’s about being happy with your decision.
Going grey can for some be super dramatic and stressful and the darker your hair is the more you notice it! Often the first few isn’t much of a problem or concern but then slowly over time it’s a few dozen often at the most annoying and visible places. Now covering a few isn’t much drama or maintanence but once the regrowth becomes visible then it becomes problem every few weeks.
How can you fix it?
The easiest way to manage going grey is remembering as we get older our hair should also go slightly lighter. Now not saying we all need to be blonde but if you had black hair when you were 22 and now 45 possibly you shouldn’t still be thinking your hair is black. The darker you color your white hair and the more that there is the more you will notice it!
So if you want a low maintenance hair color and tired of visits to the salon every few weeks it’s maybe time to find out how we can help.
You want your hair done but don’t want to go all out and have a full color, maybe it’s too damaged or maybe you just want to spend a whole lot. Either way there are options!
The color above was a little gold all over so we added ash brown at the roots and balayage on the ends to balance it out and give life to a new look without removing all the gold. Creating variation and gradient without damaging the hair.
If you think your hair needs a little adjustment come see us, there is always options.
Grass is always greener or the hair is always ideal when it’s the opposite to what you already have right?
For those of you who have dark hair and always dreamed of having it white platinum blonde or ash grey, it can be done!
While anything is possible it all depends on your hair and the condition of it. There is no miracle color that can in one application get you white, it’s a process! The darker your hair the more gold pigment it has so it’s a process that requires patience and will irritate the scalp that’s just reality.
If your hair is healthy enough to be able to take the process then it’s possible, the process varies from person to person based on hair texture, density, current color, and condition so needs to be seen to give you an exact quote and can vary once we start depending on your hair. It’s not cheap in fact a lot say it’s expensive however the product time and expertise that is involved it is worth it to have hair you love!
Good to note that the lighter you go, the faster you see your natural hair grow out, the Maintainence is fairly simple but can involve using a toning shampoo and conditioner to maintain the perfect ash tone and keep the warmer tones from returning.
If you are interested in going white, platinum or ash blonde then drop in and have a chat to us, talk is free
We get asked a lot “how can I get my hair light” so we decided to share with you a recent color and a little history on what we did!
About 12 months prior to the above photo, Sandra was almost black & it looked good but with her Instagram and Pinterest obsession she wanted to be light! So we did several color removing techniques and maintained the color as best we could whilst not being too agreesive and maintaining the structure of the hair.
When she came in, we bleached the ends twice for about 40 min each time to remove the gold. We then went through and lightened the roots to match. Going over the ends a third time, as this is the area with underlying gold pigment from the left over black. We then toned the entire head with a silver ash toner to counter balance the gold tones and here you go.
The hair only ever needed a trim, the strength & condition of the hair is still great and we have a beautiful soft blonde. It took 4 hours on the last sitting, that too after several lightening colors over the last 6 months. Slow and steady wins the race and the hair looks great!
Unless you’re 16 wanting to drink most people want to look slightly better than the best, it’s often small changes that make the biggest difference to your overall appearance. Obviously hairstyle plays a big part in that but so too does hair color! Often overlooked and treated more as a “hide the grey” type task v’s having it treated as part of the overall look to enhance the cut.
Colouring your hair doesn’t make it grey, it hides grey and while it’s covered in color, over time more grey appears and before you know what happened it’s gone from 5-6 grey hairs to 20-30-50% grey and your regrowth is now high Maintainence.
It’s not like it’s that much of a mystery let’s be honest, your age is kind of roughly known to everyone plus or minus a few years but 99.9% know your approx age so stop thinking they don’t. Also when you ask someone ” how old do I look” it’s actually polite to minus 5-10 years in your answer, no one is going to plus 5 years unless you really want to upset them.
So how can you create a better version of you?
The secret is to stop trying so hard and stop holding on to what you had rather make the most of what you actually have now! Enhance the current dont shame it. If it’s grey, add to it don’t hide it or make it black because when you were 17 you thought you had black hair!
If you want to get some individual advice on how not to look like a fake SOB then give us a call!
Your goal was mermaid hair or it could have been just a nice vibrant color either way it’s not going to last unless you look after it!
There are numerous reasons why your color might fade and here they are, they are all important and some colours just won’t last long even though you think you are doing everything right.
Shampoo is super important and if you are using a harsh shampoo then it will strip the color faster than you can get yourself a selfie. Use a Sulfate free shampoo!
Conditioner, yes girl you like it full, good for you but if you don’t close your cuticle then the color which you put inside the hair will wash out because the cuticle ( the outside later which gets closed by using conditioner ) is left open for the color to fade!
If your hair has been abused to the point it’s Brocken chances are no matter what you do the color simply won’t take let alone stay in.
If you are using an anti dandruff shampoo, kiss your color goodbye!
Over exposure to sun, salt water lightens the hair and removes color.
Too much excessive heat ( irons and over drying )
Using oil will cause the cuticle to expand damaging the strength ( sure it may make it look shinny) but will in turn cause the color to escape.
If your ends are split and you constantly don’t want to remove split ends chances are the color on the ends will fade faster than the rest!
Too much prior chemical treatments your cuticle will not have the strength to close and the color will fade.
So if you have taken the time and money to get a color then protect it so it looks good as long as possible.
Chances are, (unless you are living under a rock) you know what SLS or Sodium Laureth Sulfate is, if you don’t in lame terms it’s detergent. A lot of shampoo’s have it, washing detergent has it along with floor cleaner, car degreaser and the list goes on.
It creates the mass of bubbles, it also can remove the expensive color quicker than you expect!
While a Sulfate free shampoo will still bubble and clean it uses natural surfactants to cleanse that is more mild on hair and skin and will maintain your color and condition of hair and skin.
Flip the bottle over and read the ingredients to know more!
If you have ever been out on the social circuit ( yeah it’s a circuit ) in delhi you would have seen it worn by a few very well spoken ladies, in fact maybe your friends Auntie, or mine who knows! The reality to get a good Balayage is not hard but you you continually do it, it ends up looking like a Solid mass of gold!
Now unless you are one of those style freaks that likes to match your shoes with your bag and trying to get the hair in the same family of tone ( please don’t ) you need help!
Neither of these photos have filters or have been adjusted in any way btw
A lot of the time the problem is the hairstylist in fact did what you asked for, rather than saying no. Sometimes when your hair is dark and you all want ash blonde, it’s more complex than a simple Balayage so needs a firmer understanding of color, lightening and the underlying tones that your hair will throw off as it gets lighter.
What we did here is reverse Balayage ( darker color ) then a smokey ask toner over it to blend it. We think it looks great!
If you have gone too far and it’s looking like trash or need help, pls call us on 01141010011
When you want to get a color, it’s always a trade off between what is hot and on trend as well as high Maintainence right? After all no one wants a color they need to redo every few weeks, that’s just not practical or cool!
The trick is using multiple tones to add the overall color, the use of varies shades adds depth and texture ( possibly the most over used word ). If it’s highlights you are looking for then using two different colours it changes the way it looks dramatically but yet keeps it low Maintainence. If you go for one color, chances are with less variation the natural hair will be visible faster.
With balayage you are best to keep it to one color and don’t go as light, it looks best when it’s more natural and as if it’s happened over time in the sun. Don’t get fooled by thinking more is better, less is best when colouring your hair typically.
So you have saved up spent hours in the salon and you love the color only to find it wash out or the intensity has washed out after a week. We hear this often and typically one of the biggest causes is wrong shampoo!
Sulfate or SLS will strip the tone of the color faster than anything else, use a sulfate free shampoo!
Yes we stock it, in fact all our shampoo is SLS free.
Your hair has been as dark as the night since the day you were born and like all things grass is always greener on the other side of the fence and you want to be blonde!
Well you’re right, anything is possible after all Kim Kardashian did it so why not you right?
It can be done but there are a few things you should know before taking the plunge.
It is a lengthy process, certainly not a ” lunchbreak” kind of color. Depending on how your hair reacts and what we start with can take 6-8 hours or even 6-8 hours over 2-3 days. Yes it’s a process
Maintainence is little you really need to use a toning shampoo and conditioner. This helps maintain the tone as it can go brassy ( yellow/gold ) over the coming weeks.
If your hair has been coloured then even if the current result it looks the same from roots to ends bleaching over it can cause a lot of damage.
Regrowth, well depending on how dark you are but if your going blonde then even light brown looks black as it’s growing out. Expect a trip to the salon every 2-3 weeks for the regrowth. This won’t be as time consuming but still not a quick trip.
If all that hasn’t put you off then it’s time to go blonde I guess!
Reports just in that Putin has multiple ties in Russia!
Late last night it was released by several news outlets across the globe his involvement in various businesses and people.
On the outskirts of Moscow called Sergiev Posad it is reported that Putin has been seen eating chicken out of a KFC 12 piece box. Reports are still not confirmed but it is rumoured that he said no to an upsize. After leaving the KFC car park drive through he was seen heading to a Chinese run laundrymat with a small Nike gym bag, not sure if it had his used gym clothes to get washed, some hair regrowth serum or other suspicious things.
Although it’s also rumoured he in fact runs the country and a small chain of take away Vietnamese restaurants, we need to maintain our vigilance said someone who was friends with a cousin who had a next door neighbour from the Kremlin.
Kind of an obvious observation but kind of needs to be said too, this is hair for sale, it’s a product.
When you go to a salon, your getting your hair done, it’s a service.
Service revolves around the delivery of the service whilst a product is just a product, the brand may change but the product remains the same.
Some salons sell services like they are a product yet when you go to a salon the fundamental thing your getting done is service, it’s quality depends on the people delivering it. If the people are not right then the service is bad and then the end result product. We are not a product, although we sell product we are about hair.
We are a service based salon, we aim to deliver the best every time!
Fashion week is doing the rounds globally with every designer on the planet each season trying to reinvent and evolve. Hair is exactly the same and it has its season to shine and then it’s done.
So what’s new in hair I hear you asking? It’s kind of a loaded question as it is largely dependant on you, your hair and your comfort zone. Just because g-string bathers are in doesn’t mean it’s for everyone right?
What’s trending in hair
Balliage is still current but make sure it’s done seamlessly. Goal is a smooth transition of color and little to no lines.
Solid colors or blocking is in, no not black that doesn’t count unless its clothes then always choose black!
Natural curl is big and has been for a while, we love it. Careful not to over do color or let anyone do keratin treatments plus color, this type of hair can not take such abuse it’s the #101 of curly hair.
Bangs are big, the bigger the better, oversized, micro or bold.
Beach waves or surf inspired waves are hot
Straight hair but not rebounded, this is so out!
So in short ( pardon the pun ) natural looking hair is big again and overdone is just not cool. Get yourself in and have a chat and see what changes we can do, big or small it makes a big difference in the end.
As the saying goes, work in shit, fall in shit and it’s never more true than getting a color done. I guess applying color to someone’s head is easier than going duck shooting but some hairdressers still think they are being artistic by creating a horizontal canvas across your head, face, floor, chair and at times the walls. Clean sections and attention to details is the best way to color hair, in fact if they have to get color remover out and scrub your face to remove it you should be re thinking your choice in salons.
Often people will ask put more color on, as if by putting double it may last longer. Sadly this is not true, in some situations it creates more heat and alters the color process. Color on ends is not something you should be doing often at all in fact unless there is a major problem color on ends should be slightly lighter than the roots so by doing it the only thing your doing is drying out the ends and creating a problem with the condition.